Grateful Dead Live at Madison Square Garden on 1991-09-10
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|Shakedown Street >|
|C.C. Rider >|
|Lot To Laugh / Train To Cry|
|Black Throated Wind|
|Help On The Way >|
|Estimated Prophet >|
|Dark Star (1st verse) >|
|Dark Star (2nd verse) >|
|I Need A Miracle >|
|Standing On The Moon >|
|Turn On Your Lovelight|
|It's All Over Now Baby Blue|
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- New York, NY
- Madison Square Garden
Subject: Three threes
Three 3-day runs at MSG with a day off in between each (this is the 3rd night of 9 in 11 days). These were the days of extraordinary popularity. There is some below average playing and some nice playing but the show is mostly handed to Branford Marsalis on sax. It's not necessarily better than the rest of the run (or as good as, say 10/31) as much as different - more for the Branford (and Hornsby) fans than just the Heads. But if you gotta have sax in yr Dead, you might try this one.
First Set. The Shakedown opener is tentative, with everybody testing - which is why the solo breaks kind of fall out. Nobody wants to step on anybody else, which will happen all night. This is a sax show, not a Jerry show. That said, a sax-based See See Rider is a rarity among the catalog (Bobby's Slide Practice™ not so much). Hornsby is great in a nice It Takes a Lot to Laugh. All of the '91/92s come in from See See. Though Black-Throated Wind is clunky, High Time ain't bad at all. The sax works here and is not just an add-on. Even better, Cassidy is nearly perfect, even without Jer prominence, demonstrating nice ensemble from Hornsby/Marsalis. Jer really steps back on Deal, which loses some momentum on tenor sax.
Second Set. Help>Slip>Franklin's is solid, albeit vampy. Estimated, though, is rough, and leads into a barely-there Dawk Staw. There is psychedelic Star, primal Star, flowery Star, but this is lite rock Star. It has its moments but 38min of mellowness is a lot, by the end of the reprise. Here, Marsalis is handed the reins and some might find it fresh or unique, while others might say jazz-wanking isn't GOGD. A decent Miracle breaks the discursion ("splendor in the dirt"), followed by a pretty groggy Standing on the Moon. The rest is average '91.
1st Set: C+
2nd Set: C
Overall = 2¾ stars
Cassidy - nearly perfect example of this config; works nicely
SOURCES: The best SBD seems to be dan_30755. The 138917_cmc34 is a great AUD if you rebalance. Best (least dry) of all is the haugh_gems_98701 matrix. The official release is 30 Trips.
Subject: I got over missing Nassau.
Catching this MSG show with Branford for the entirety took alot of the sting out a full 18 months later. I saw 4 nights ofthe 91 MSG run & this one was tremendous. Hornsby & Branford? Oh yeah. There was such a rich flavor to the sound that night. Great show!
Subject: Late era gold
Especially awesome is the "Shakedown", "Help>Slip>Tower" combo, a lovely jazzy "Dark Star" and a beautiful bluesy "Takes a Lot to Laugh" that finds Jerry in fine vocal form, even at this late date in the band's history.
An amazing performance all around, and this coming from a head who believes the band peaked (consistency-wise anyway) in 1977.
Subject: 5 stars all the way
Now for the very few flaws in this performance- While Bruce brought some great chops to the table and definately got Jerry fired up, he can be overbearing at times. And Vince stumbles on occasion (Estimated "sax", Dark Star organ). Like others have mentioned, the sound is a bit cluttered at points, to be expected with 8 musicians onstage.
But that is a small price to play for the breathtaking heights that this show reaches. Every song played here is an all time version, with the exception of Dark Star and Lovelight, and thats only cuz of the epic versions of these tunes they tossed off in the 60s-early 70s.
Grateful Dead music just doesn't get any better than this.
And for the record, this show absolutely CRUSHES 12-31-90 and is better overall than 3-29-90(except for the Eyes of course).
Subject: not just a show,a cosmic meeting of minds and souls
Subject: Music From Outer Space
Not this night.
Dark Star is just amazing; different from the great '69 and '71 versions, of course, but equally transporting; wild, but completely within itself. A gem.
Subject: Holy Smokes
I could not believe the electricity that filled MSG, it was truly a special night. Very biased, but I think this is the show of the 90's.
Subject: thanks archive.org . . . many many thanks
The MSG 1991 shows are fantastic, simply put.
The help-->slip-->franklin's here is amazing. Better than the 3-30-90 one on Without a Net , IMO due to the personnel involved with this version. Branford really makes this version special . . . couple that with Hornsby and it is even that much more so. Listening to Garcia come out of nowhere with a ripping lick of finger work is great after hearing Branford and Hornsby dual together for a while.
The dead and Branford enjoy playing dark stars together . . . ie. 3-29-90 . . . check that show out as well. (a ‘net’ recording show actually) This version is a good example of ones from the early 90’s, and it has both verses so that always makes one special. Branford’s sax sounds perfect with everyone, a testament to his musical ability for sure.
This particular SOTM always makes me tingle, Garcia belting out those lyrics and Branford playing the sax in perfect unison is just amazing. “I’d rather be with you . . .” Then on into Lovelight . . . Branford really takes this one and makes it. I wish he played with the boys more often, again . . . check out 3-29-90 in particular.
The first set is great as well, especially the shakedown . . . but the whole second set stands alone as one of the best examples of early 90’s dead that they ever played. The late 70’s shows and these early 90’s ones are quite possibly some of the finest dead periods.
I thoroughly enjoy listening to this over again.
FYI . . . SBD's of this show are relatively easy to find, and I highly recommend downloading it. An easy 5 star rating . . . ;)
Subject: Branford & Bruce
It can be stated that this is a top-notch, late '91 glossy-tight show. It may seem muddled to some ears but my take is that it's 8 musicians playing at once. I can assume if I was in that house it would have sounded just perfectly fine. '91 is a legendary year with Hornsby sitting in; I agree with all who declare he rallied this Band back up to old standards from years of lore. Rock on. We Are Everywhere.
Subject: Just Plain Smokin'
Subject: One of my all-time favorites
Subject: Top 10
Subject: this is the better source
this was a fun show to be at, but (at least for me) doesn't quite live up to just how good i thought it was at the time. comparing them now, nearly any '89 show is superior, imho. too much going on here...kind of distracts from jerome. (also, it seems vince is too hign in the mix, always an unwelcome occurence.)
Subject: great show, crackers quit complaining
for this show everyone was waiting for Marsalis to sit in some more - I caught him for the first time at Nassau the winter before although it was hard to see him and we wondered for a while who was jamming with Jerry with that crazy new sound that could not have been the keyboards; MSG was ready and waiting for the full show with him
the song list, the garden, the third night of a always so wonderful long fall run in manhattan and the energy and play among all the band made us walk away again smiling and thinking how good it was once again - estimated and dark star especially great as well as starting the show with shakedown and cc rider
no more bitching about this show and that show - knowck it off, smoke a bone, crank it listen and ENJOY and dance a bit instead of writing critical music reviews
Subject: The Combined Forces
Subject: they already have a good version but 1 more won't hurt
Subject: Sounds Good